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Have Yourself a Vintage Christmas

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

As my home is filled with vintage frippery, it'll come as no surprise that when it comes to decorating for Christmas there are many nods to the past.

I love this time of the year, in all its maximalist glory. I don't do minimal, and for me Christmas is all about going OTT. It's about using all the fairy lights, lighting all the candles and cosying up on cold winter nights.


As a fan of vintage decor, I like to use this throughout my festive scheme from the antique baubles on my tree to pampas grass and peacock feathers in my fireplace garland.

 

I have spent years collecting antique baubles, with some dating back to the 1930s. My favourite ones are antique mercury glass; at one time you could buy them in car boot sales for pennies. Now though the prices have shot up as they have become highly collectable; the most sought-after are concave designs.


Mercury glass is also known as silvered glass, but it doesn't contain either mercury or silver. It's actually clear and mould-blown into shape before being coated with a silvering formula on the inside. Over the decades, this becomes foxed, and gives them a beautiful aged look.


Anyone who collects glass baubles will know only too well how fragile they are. Despite every effort to pack them away safely each year I always end up with a few casualties.

 



I'm not one for a real tree - I've never been able to find one that keeps it's needles longer than a week! I have a pink one that I bought when my children were little; but after 15 years I decided it was time for it to go into semi-retirement and treated myself to a navy blue tree.


It reminds me of the tree my grandparents had when I was a child in the 1970s.






 



For my garland I have used a base of greenery and interwoven fairy lights, winter foliage, vibrant faux peonies and feathers.


I've also attached large glass baubles across the arch of my fire surround.


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